University Chemistry ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (12): 79-85.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201911015

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The Magic Element of Life: Selenium

Zhenzhen CHEN,Yanmei YANG,Zhongyao JIANG,Bo TANG*()   

  • Received:2019-11-11 Accepted:2019-12-04 Published:2019-12-09
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In this paper, the discovery, existing forms and important physiological functions of the element of Selenium (Se) are introduced. The Se applications in bio-chemistry studies are highlighted, which include the detection of living species by Se-containing fluorescent probes, and biomacromolecule studies by Se-containing chemical probes.

Key words: Selenium, Se-containing fluorescence probe, Se-containing chemical probe